Wrong-Way Crash on Henry Country I-75 Expressway Leaves Three Injured
HENRY COUNTY, GA. – October 29, 2018 (mdjonline.com) A wrong-way crash October 26 on the Interstate 75 expressway in Henry County, Georgia, left three people injured, according to an online news report from mdjonline.com. The driver who caused the crash struck numerous safety barriers before entering the express lanes in the wrong direction.*
At approximately 6:15 a.m. on October 26, the driver of a small sedan attempted to drive southbound through the I-75 expressway in Henry County, Georgia. The reversible expressway toll system was flowing northbound for the morning commute, and the driver of the sedan crashed through eight warning stop arms and one metal barrier gate before crossing into oncoming traffic. The sedan struck a second vehicle head-on, then was hit from behind by a third vehicle.
The drivers of all three vehicles, none of whom has been identified, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries. Officials said early investigation suggests the driver of the sedan might have been driving under the influence, but that has not been confirmed. The investigation is ongoing.
The State Road and Tollway Authority opened the express lanes on I-75 in January 2017, after completion of a $226 million project. The barrier gates on the lanes are designed to alert drivers to prevent them from entering the expressway in the wrong direction. A final resistance gate was designed to physically block cars from doing the same. The sedan involved in the October 26 crash barreled through all these safety features.
The crash resulted in extreme delays to traffic in the area. The scene blocked all of the I-75 express lanes and one left lane on both sides of I-75 at the Interstate 675 interchange. Delays stretched back to Bill Gardner Parkway in Locust Grove, Georgia. At approximately noon that day, almost six hours later, northbound traffic was able to resume, but crews were still trying to repair the damaged gates.
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